Blissiimo is excited to announce we are bringing Mariage Freres Teas to Canberra
The Mariage family started trading tea at the end of the 17th century, then, in Paris in 1854, brothers Henri and Edouard Mariage founded the company Mariage Frères. They have been operating out of Paris' Marais district ever since- working in a niche market, favouring quality over volume.
The Mariage family’s roots can be traced to merchants from Lille who started in the Eastern Trade in the 17th century, trading exotic goods. In the 1660s, one Nicolas Mariage was sent by Louis XIV to trade with the Shah of Persia, while his brother Pierre traded on behalf of the French East India Company.
When tea became a popular beverage within wealthy French circles, the Mariage were among the top dealers who imported and sold it. The main import was green tea from China used for health purposes As tea became a fashionable pastime of the aristocracy, so did luxurious tea cups, pots and canisters. At the same time in England, tea was becoming popular, but in comparison to France, less aristocratic circles came to have access to it and it quickly became part a of the average person’s lifestyle.